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Thirty charities will receive more than £1.5 million for projects benefiting wildlife and the environment as a result of enforcement action by the Environment Agency. There are twenty-six Enforcement Undertakings on the list with payments ranging from £1,500 – £375,000, including six which are of six figures. As well as making a suitable payment to an appropriate environmental charity, each company has accepted liability, demonstrated restoration of harm and invested to reduce the risk of similar breaches occurring in future.
The Environment Agency’s ability to accept Enforcement Undertakings was extended in 2015 to a far wider range of offences. The Agency is increasingly using this method of enforcement for suitable cases to swiftly restore the environment, improve practices of the offending company and avoid longer criminal court cases. However prosecutions will still be taken, particularly in the most serious cases.
HSE has launched new draft Health and Work strategy and plans. They cover work-related stress (HSE report that stress, along with anxiety and depression, is the second most commonly reported cause of occupational ill health in Great Britain), musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung disease. http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/strategiesandplans/health-and-work-strategy/health-and-work-strategy.pdf
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has added four new substances of very high concern (SVHCs) to the Candidate List for authorisation which now contains one hundred and seventy-three substances. The substances in question are:CAS No 80-05-7; 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA); Toxic for reproduction CAS Nos 335-76-2, 3830-45-3 and 3108-42-7; Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts; Toxic for reproduction CAS No 80-46-6; p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol; impact on the environment. 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear; impact on the environment.